Play And Power In William Safire's Words

William Safire, author of 'Safire's Political Dictionary,' first published 40 years ago. i i

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William Safire, author of 'Safire's Political Dictionary,' first published 40 years ago.

William Safire was the author of Safire's Political Dictionary.

Fred Conrad

In the 30 years he spent writing The New York Times column, "On Language," the late wordsmith William Safire never let his politics get in the way of his love of words. Nor did Safire ever claim to be a perfect analyst of the human tongue; rather, he was a lover of language.

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